Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Toot your flute!

Last Saturday night ended the Eurovision song competition that Belgrade hosted this year. During the preceding week, there were more activities and souvenir sellers than usual on Belgrade's pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova. Here are some flutists playing their instruments, and hoping to sell some too. Two of them are wearing the typical Serbian hat called a Šajkača (SHY-kah-cha). Elderly ethnic Serbs in Serbia, Republika Srpska and Montenegro especially in the villages, wear the hat on everyday basis, since it has become a political pro-Serb sign. You can read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sajkaca The gentleman in the front is also wearing typical Serbian shoes called opanci (OH-pahnt-see). I'll be posting a more detailed photo of those later on.


Louis la Vache said...

What a fun photo! It put a smile on "Louis's" face! :-)

Chuck Pefley said...

That's quite an assortment of flutes in the case. Does he stop playing if somebody wants to purchase one? Looks like a lot of activity on the street and it seems pretty late.

Pilar said...

Oh yes, how many people in the street. And this story about the hat is great!

Dan said...

the flutes look beautiful. I hope he got to sell several of them. I would have bought one had I been meandering dow Knez Mihailova.

Thanks for the visit to my blog. the matte is the colored border around the photo. Technically speaking a real matte goes over the photo itself and the pic peeks through a cutout.

To do one of these in photoshop the general idea is to open your photo. Press ctrl-alt-c at the same time and this brings up the canvas dialog box. In the lower pane put in the width of the border you want. My recollection is that this will pic up the background color. If you want a different color, set a new background color and do it again.

If this doesn't work email me and I will give you more detailed instructions.

Ida said...

S for serbia. Of course! :)
I watched the fianale on TV.

My S

John said...

Nice photo and information!